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Carson-City Crystal’s Hunter Clark runs off tackle during a game against Vestaburg this season.

CC-Crystal, Evart very similar teams

The Carson City-Crystal Eagles football team will be doing something tonight for the first time in 13 years. That’s playing a 10th football game. A 7-2 regular season qualified the Eagles for the MHSAA football playoffs for the first time since 1999, when they went 9-2 and made it to the Division 6 regional finals (lost to Saint Charles 40-12).


Gray’s keys to success working for CC-Crystal

Carson City-Crystal coach Jason Gray had a blueprint for success when he took over the Eagles program in 2009. Slowly, the team has progressed from a 1-8 record in 2009, to 3-6 last year to a playoff qualifying 7-2 this season.

Vestaburg’s Keigan Ryckman carries the ball during a game this season against Montabella.

Vestaburg coach: no turnovers will win

Vestaburg’s varsity football team will do something they haven’t done since 2007 tonight. The Wolverines will play in the Division 8 playoffs against Muskegon Catholic Central tonight in Muskegon.


Vestaburg RB heading to first ever postseason

Keigan Ryckman is doing something he has never done before: go to a playoff game. “It’s the first playoff experience I’ve ever seen,” he said. “My brother, he never made the playoffs. The fact I get a chance to play in the playoff game is huge to me.”


Man arrested after threatening family with knife

A man was arrested Thursday evening after threatening to kill his family with a knife. Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies responded to E. Condensery Road in Bushnell Township at 5:56 p.m. Upon arrival, deputies were advised that the man was upstairs in the residence, still armed with a knife.


Elderly couple rescued from Tamarack Lake in Lakeview

An elderly Lakeview couple was rescued Thursday afternoon after their sailboat capsized in Tamarack Lake. According to Montcalm County Sheriff’s Lt. Steve Russell, John London and his wife, Lee, had been sailing in gusty winds when their boat capsized around 12:30 p.m. The Londons were wearing life jackets and were able to swim to a small island. A neighbor observed the incident and called 911.

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Stanton city manager receives high marks

At first glance, he may appear too young for the job, but Stanton City Manager James Freed is a true heavyweight when it comes to his performance as a public servant. This according to a recent evaluation by the Stanton City Commission and Mayor Monica Tissue-Daws. The commission briefly went into closed session at its regular meeting Tuesday evening to discuss Freed’s performance as manager over the past 12 months. The outcome of that session was for the most part a foregone conclusion: In virtually every category in which a manager is rated, Freed earned above-average marks.


Local authors to sign books Oct. 27 in Greenville

A book signing Saturday will give residents a chance to meet and greet local authors. People can visit Robbins Book List in Greenville from 1 to 3 p.m. to meet two local authors, Dallas Lincoln and Michael Taylor.

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Howard City’s Birchwood Golf Course sold to Sandyland Farms

Golfers, club members, family and friends gathered Sunday for a thank you buffet from the owners of Birchwood Golf Course. “This post is to make it official that the rumors that have been floating around that Birchwood Golf Course is being sold are indeed true,” stated Birchwood’s Facebook page on Oct. 3. “The agreement with Sandyland Farms was completed today. Members only until the last Sunday of October.” For the last 31 years, Mark and Debbie Heath have owned and operated the course at 6900 Masters Road just outside of Howard City.


OUR VIEW: Lillie for Eureka Township, Adams for Montcalm Township

Supervisor positions are up for vote on Nov. 6 in two of Montcalm County’s most active and growing communities — Eureka Township and Montcalm Township.